Category Archives: Landmarks

Curtain Going Up!

Balboa Theatre 1924 648 4th Avenue,  Southwest Corner of Fourth and E Architectural Style: Spanish Renaissance Revival Architect: William Wheeler “Curtain going up!”  With pomp and circumstance, the magnificent Balboa theatre opened on Friday, March 28, 1924. All of San Diego was excited to welcome screen stars Corrinne Griffith, Conway Tearle, Adele Rowland and “the   […]

Dead Center in the Old Red-light District

The Marin Hotel 1888 552 Fifth Avenue Architectural Style: Victorian Architect: Unknown John Nelson Young arrived in San Diego in 1869 aboard the steamship Orizaba from San Francisco. He immediately started a furniture and undertaking business with his brothers in a small wooden building on “H” Street (now Market St.) near Fifth Avenue known as […]

The History of a Historian

Bancroft Building/ Aztec Theatre             1886 665 Fifth Avenue Architectural Style: Modern  Architect: Clinton Day Some of the most innocuous buildings have the most interesting stories, and some of their owners are often more intriguing than the buildings themselves. Such may be the case of the Bancroft building, a modest almost plain building in the heart […]

From Hardware to Hard Core to Haute Cuisine

Commercial Bank Addition / Bijou Theater (1875658 Fifth Avenue Architectural Style – Florentine Revival William Lacey, Architect Although this structure, adjoining Old City Hall on the northern lot, appears to be a continuation of the Old City Hall building, it is actually a separate building with an entirely separate history. It was built by John […]

No Nods from Lady Luck!

The Broker’s Building1889 404 Market Street Architects: G.T. Burkett and R.E. Osgood (1873)Barnett McDougal (1889) Style: Commercial It has been said that some people are born lucky and some are not.  And – to that end, there is an old saying – “I’d rather be lucky than good.” The original Broker’s Building was neither. On […]